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Apr 3, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers guard Austin Hollins (20) was named the games MVP after defeating the Southern Methodist Mustangs in the 2014 NIT Tournament championship game at Madison Square Garden. The Golden Gophers won 65-63. Photo by: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota tops SMU to take NIT title

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By Everett Merrill, The Sports Xchange - NEW YORK -- Make it two straight college basketball championships for a Pitino.

Coach Richard Pitino guided the Minnesota Golden Gophers to a 65-63 win over Southern Methodist in the NIT title game Thursday, a year after his dad, Rick, led Louisville to the NCAA Championship.

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